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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Benedict XVI

They also spoke about the Middle East, specifically about peace and religious freedom. The prime minister introduced his family and a delegation of parliamentarians to the pope. He gave the pope a crystal vase designed by a Canadian artist. In return, the pope gave him a pen made in the Vatican. In a subsequent statement to the meeting, the prime minister praised the humanitarian and moral leadership of the pope as an advocate of human dignity, peace and religious freedom. ;DG